RICHMOND, Va. — Music filled the air as the high school marching band passed dozens of lawn chairs lined along Old Buckingham Road in Powhatan for the annual Labor Day parade.
“I can’t come without seeing like a million people that I know,” Powhatan resident Tiffany Frazier said.
Frazier was waiting for her daughter, Emma, to perform with Stars in Motion.
“She gets so excited and she practices for days and days leading up. It’s just cute to watch their excitement,” the glowing mom said.
It’s events like this that brings Powhatan together.
“When I look around and see our community, it’s full. Everybody knows everybody,” resident Mary Brown said.
Fire trucks slowly drove by and honked at the children, bringing a smile to little Maddux Brown’s face. His mom, Mary Brown, came to the parade as a kid but this is the first time she’s bringing her 2-year-old.
“I don’t remember as many,” she said. “Of course, being a kid you don’t pay attention as we do now, right?”
Brown is talking about the campaign posters filling the streets. With Election Day nearly two months away, candidates spent their Labor Day trying to get your vote.
“Certainly a lot with the big election coming,” she added.
Democratic candidate for the 7th Congressional District Abigail Spanberger chatted with families as she marched in the parade. Supporters of Republican incumbent Rep. Dave Brat handed out candy to kids.
Sen. Tim Kaine (D) and Corey Stewart, who’s vying for this seat, were both in Buena Vista this morning, but their presence was felt strong in Powhatan.
Voters have a few things on their minds. Mainly, what’s best for their families.
“What’s it going to look like for [Maddux]? What it’s going to look like for me as an educator in the county and in this country,” Brown said.
Brown has been an educator for over a decade in the county. She sees a need for more spending on what happens in the classroom.
“Regardless of demographic I’d love to see funding just flood the schools. That’s where it starts,” she said.
Tiffany Frazier’s family chose to homeschool their children, Emma and Avery.
“We also have the time to do the things that they’re more interested in, like Emma with their dance and piano. So she has more time to explore other interests,” Frazier said.
The values the Frazier’s are teaching their kids at home also includes civic responsibility.
“I always make it a point to take my children with me when I go vote so they see that it’s important to us and so they see it when they get older, that it’s important for them to do too,” Frazier said.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.